The Kannada humourist YNK (Y.N. Krishnamurthy) used to say that the poet Kuvempu hadn’t named his son Poornachandra Tejaswi—he had “sentenced” him. And in every newspaper and magazine office, there are snide ones about having to continue some bylines on page 16 or having to bastardise the column width to fit a byline because of their length.
But which is the longest byline in journalism?
We have no idea, but here’s Exhibit A for starters. Senthil Chengalvarayan. Thankfully, the managing editor of CNBC-TV18 only uses the last two elemets of his full name. Or else his byline would read… Nammudi Vellasithan Sinnaiah Senthil Chengalvarayan.
That’s 47 letters for you. You would need three columns to display that name fully—or a 50-inch plasma screen.